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Patriots players of the week
The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the game from their Week 17 win over the Dolphins.
Offense: TE Rob Gronkowski
With top WRs Wes Welker and Deion Branch and fellow rookie TE Aaron Hernandez all inactive, Gronkowski had another big game Cheap AC Milan 8 Gattuso Home Away Jerseys For Sale, catching six passes for 102 yards and his 10th touchdown of the season — a Patriots rookie record. The Dolphins couldn't cover the athletic rookie who continues to pose matchup problems. Honorable mention to Tom Brady, who tossed two TD passes and had a 145.6 passer rating in limited action.
Defense: OLB Rob Ninkovich
One of the rags-to-riches stories on that Patriots defense, Ninkovich picked up two sacks and three tackles for loss in Sunday's win. He had three QB hits and a fumble recovery. In his first year starting, Ninkovich finished tied for second on the team with nine QB hits. Honorable mention to three of the team's Pro Bowlers: NT Vince Wilfork had two sacks Discount Los Angeles Lakers 37 Ron Artest purple jerseys For Sale, ILB Jerod Mayo had a sack and added another tackle for loss and CB Devin McCourty picked off his seventh pass of the season.
Special Teams: WR Julian Edelman
Edelman fielded a punt at the Patriots' six-yard line and took it 94 yards for his first career punt-return touchdown. Edelman almost took a punt back against the Bears Patriots’ DB revival keyed by revelatory safety_8, and could be a big weapon in the playoffs. On the receiving end nly thing wrong with Br, Edelman caught three balls for 72 yards. P Zoltan Mesko had two booming punts and WR Matthew Slater added a couple special-teams tackles.